After picking up wins over Priest River and Reardan to open the season, the Colville High boy’s basketball team ran up against a couple of athletic Great Northern League 2A clubs last week in non-league home games.
The Indians (2-2) didn’t handle pressure at all well either night and lost to schools CHS will see next fall when they are forced to move back up to the Class 2A GNL. WIAA enrollment figures used to determine classifications for the next two-year cycle (2012-13 and 2013-14) indicate that Colville will be moving back up.
On Friday against visiting Cheney (3-1) the quicker Blackhawks hounded Colville into 25 turnovers en route to an easy 59-38 win over the Indians.
Hubbard leads way
The ‘Hawks raced to a 14-4 first quarter lead and led 30-17 at halftime. Cheney’s Eric Igbinoba drained a trio of three-pointers and led the visitors with 18 points.
Colville’s 6-9 sophomore post, Matt Hubbard, led the Indians with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five blocked shots.
Back on Dec. 6, decidedly shorter East Valley used a 19-8 second quarter run to ease past host Colville, 45-32.
Colville hosted unbeaten 1B power Wellpinit on Monday and plays host to Lakeland on Thursday. The varsity boy’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, CHS travels to Medical Lake (1-4). Game time on Friday is 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Colville will travel to Okanogan of the Caribou-Trail League. Game time is 4 p.m.
Colville’s deficiencies in the backcourt were glaring last week against the Indians’ two GNL foes. The ball-handling problems were particularly problematic in the loss to Cheney.
“We were just really exposed out there,” CHS head coach John Foulkes said, referring to Cheney’s heavy defensive pressure out front against Colville’s guards. “We had trouble advancing the ball…Cheney was just pressing one on one really hard and not letting us get the ball into the paint…we had to try and do anything we could do to get our posts out to help the guards.
“We were out of synch because of their pressure. We were unable to execute against a simple man to man.”
Foulkes said that some changes and corrections will be made to try and take some pressure off Colville’s inexperienced backcourt that was exposed against a couple of aggressive Class 2A teams.
‘We are trying. I think it’s a little early to panic.’
“We’re working hard to make some adjustments and allow our posts to get the ball,” Foulkes added. “We’ll work on more high post type sets and getting Alex (Pond) and Matt (Hubbard) to help out.
“We are trying. I think it’s a little early to panic.
“We have to keep battling, make the adjustments we can make, get them (guards) better and get them some help (against pressure). I’m confident that we will get better…if people will let us.”
Colville was 2-2 at this juncture last season after a couple of bad losses to East Valley and Cheney that included too many turnovers.
Colville was never in the Cheney game. With Cheney’s guards pressuring Colville out front, the Indians were out of any semblance of offensive rhythm all night long.
One bright spot on Friday in an otherwise forgettable game was the play of Hubbard.
“I thought Matt did a good job of battling on Friday,” Foulkes said. “He was looking to be aggressive and was trying to be assertive and get his points. We need that.
“I thought it was Matt’s best game so far.”
In addition to his 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots, he also had only one turnover and one foul against heavy pressure. Hubbard was also four of four at the free throw line.
Alex Pond, a 6-5 senior, added eight points. JR Henry added seven points.
Colville was 16 of 42 from the field (only two of 11 from three-point distance). Cheney was 23 of 59.
The Blackhawks turned the ball over 15 times.
Colville was only four of six at the free throw line. Cheney was 8 of 11.
Colville, as it has done all season long to date with a decidedly taller front line, out-boarded Cheney, 34-24. But the Blackhawks managed to corral 10 offensive rebounds.
Against East Valley, some foul trouble by Colville’s big’s, an inability to take care of the basketball and the Knights’ second quarter run conspired against the Indians.
“In the East Valley game, we made a bunch of poor decisions,” Foulkes said. “It wasn’t just our guards.”
Colville, save for Henry, simply couldn’t do much of anything against East Valley’s packed in zone.
“They zoned us, packed it in and pressured our guards,” Foulkes said.
Colville committed 18 turnovers and two of Colville’s principle scorers—Hubbard and Pond—combined for eight points.
Henry turned in his best game to date with 15 points 7 of 10 from the field) and nine rebounds.
“JR brings a lot of energy,” his coach said. “He played very hard and shot it well.”
Hubbard picked up a couple of early fouls and sat for long stretches.
Unbeaten Deer Park (3-0) got 20 points from Zach Mohr and 17 more from Springdale transfer UConn Peone in a 63-55 non-league win last Tuesday night at home over Lakeside (2-2).
Conner Moffatt led Lakeside, who trimmed a 16-point second half DP lead late, with 20 points.
Lakeland raced past Riverside (1-4) 68-41 in another Tuesday game. Jordan Wood led the host Rams with 18 points.
Jake Wiley dumped in 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in Newport’s 67-60 home win over Medical Lake (1-4). Newport’s Jason Konkright added 15 points on six of six shooting.
Freeman got a buzzer-beating tip-in from Mtich VanderLinden to help the Scotties down visiting Lake Roosevelt 56-54 last Tuesday night.
VanderLinden scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half.
Zach Moore hit five three-pointers to lead Deer Park to a 69-60 win Friday at Newport. Mohr finished with 24 points.
Jake Wiley led Newport with 22 points.
Ben Johnstone scored 11 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead Chewelah (3-1) to a 55-52 win over visiting Medical Lake on Friday.
The Cougars outscored the Cardinals 33-21 in the second half.
Kendyl Dunn scored 15 points and Adam Paulson added 14 for ML.
Lakeside outscored St. George’s 22-4 in the second quarter and it was enough to hold off the Dragons 55-50 Saturday night at Nine Mile Falls.
Cody Watkins scored 19 and Conner Moffatt added 15 for the Eagles.
Mark Kenney led St. Geo with 15 points.
Medical Lake picked up its first win of the season on Saturday, beating winless Riverside, 43-36.
Ismael Teshome led ML with 12 points. Jordan Wood had 13 for RHS.
Class 2B power Northwest Christian (5-0) overwhelmed Chewelah 79-56 at Colbert on Saturday night behind post Kwinn Hanson’s 37 points (16 of 22 shooting). Hanson was pretty much unstoppable close to the basket.
Ben Johnstone led Chewelah with 17 points.
E. Valley 45, Colville 32
EV 14 19 1 11—45
CHS 12 8 6 6-- 32
East Valley—Morrison 2, Reavis 2, Phelan 6, McGuire 5, Burland 5, Brown 11, Dotson 14.
Colville—Henry 15, Hubbard 6, Shoemaker 4, L. Holling 3, Pond 2, Lee 2.
Cheney 59, Colville 38
Cheney 14 16 20 9—59
CHS 4 13 13 8—38
Cheney—Skillingstad 10, Cook 6, Gingrich 4, Igbinoba 18, Harding 6, Miller 10, Berstler 5.
Colville—Pond 8, Hubbard 18, Henry 4, Vaagen 2, L. Holling 2, Shoemaker 4.